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USEA (UNDERSEA SOFT ENCOUNTER ALLIANCE) is a professional network for divers, diving centers and operators choosing a unique methodology of soft encounter, while responsibly interacting with marine mammals. Our tailor made technique and approach is dedicated to those who primarily respect and care about the safety, wellbeing and wild nature of cetaceans.

Our USEA tribe is made out of experts and world-known specialists who will share with you the knowledge of where you can meet marine mammals in the wild and teach you how to interact with these magnificent animals. 


USEA expeditions are exclusive experiences dedicated to sustainable encounters with orcas, dolphins, seals and large whales. Our approach is based on more than 20 years of experience of Orca Whisperer Pierre Robert de Latour and his 6,000 successful underwater encounters, mainly with orcas in their habitat. These encounters are approved by scientists working in the field of marine biology as well.

We are proud to announce the development of new projects under our Science and Research Department, which are dedicated to cetacean communication, social interactions and emotional display within the pod!

USEA FOUNDER

Founding President of USEA, Pierre Robert De Latour is internationally known as Orca Whisperer who has more than 7.500 dives with orcas!

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PIERRE

ROBERT DE LATOUR.

 

USEA Founder and designer.

 

Founder of USEA, President of Orques Sans Frontières and author of the best seller "Frère des orques" (Glénat Edition), Pierre Robert De Latour is internationally known as "The Orca Whisperer" and has more than 7,500 free dives with orcas!  

Pierre is a world - class orca expert, TedX and EYF speaker, specialized on underwater close encounters with orcas, he was the first man who snorkeled with orcas in arctic waters wearing thin 5 mm water suit!

 

For more than 3 years, Pierre was captain of the Spearfishing French team and won a European Cup in 1997 in Norway, while accumulating multiple spearfishing awards throughout the years. 

During the 40 years of his career, Pierre has explored the European coasts and gained a deep understanding and unique experience with orcas, dolphins, seals and large whales. In 1998, he joined his first orca expedition as a guest, and later, he became an exclusive member, underwater guide and orca lecturer of the Strømsholmen Team. Since, he has guided more than 1.500 free divers in underwater close encounters with orcas. With a ratio of success of 95%.

 

Pierre is President of the french anti-captivity organisation "Orques Sans Frontières and the founder of the USEA, international network that established safe methodology on responsible encounters with marine mammals, respecting their welfare and wild nature. USEA techniques actively work with captains and boat drivers and train them on a safe boat approach towards the wild animals. 

 

His success and story attracted media productions of various wildlife documentaries such as  "The great ocean adventure" by Channel 5, "Norvège: le festin des orques" with Didier Noirot, "La quête du sauvage" by Jean-Charles Granjon, or "Ocean Soul" by Phillip Hamilton, "God of Ocean" by Barbara Szalai and Roland Tasko, "Watcher in the blue" and "Orcas in Norway" by Olivier Brosselin, “The Kingdom of Orcas” made by Fenris Film.. 

 

Pierre has also participated in popular TV programs such as Thalassa. he has sold his underwater footage to TV Channels such as Canal +, France2, FR3, Arte, TF1, Ushuaia TV, NRK, TV Norge, ZDF, ...

 

He has also directed "Voyage au pays des Orques" and has co-produced and been featured in "Le Peuple Des Orques" with famous Captain Paul Watson. 

Pierre cooperated with amazing UW photographers such as Amos Nachoum, Espen Rekdal or with great white shark expert Alessandro De Maddalena. He has worked with several free diving champions such as Dada Li, Morgan Bourch'is, or conservation personalities such as Ocean Ramsey, Kathryn Curzon, or Sébastien Lagree.

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USEA Head Office Manager
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MARINE

QUENTIN.

USEA Head office and Expedition Leader.

Marine Quentin, french free diver living in Greece, is a former Hotel Head Manager. 

Certifications: Safety STCW95, SSI Free diver 20m, 2019 & 2020 PDC (Roberto Calish)

After a STB graduation in Sales and Tourism Production, Marine was employed as a Sales and Events Mission Manager in Orléans, France (2009-2015),and then as a Hotel Customer Relationship and Head Manager in Paros, Greece (2015-2020).

She joined the crew of Orca Norway after completing two seasons as a guest in 2019 and 2021. Her exceptional underwater skills, her cold resistance and extensive free diving training, combined with her comprehensive understanding of cetaceans' behavior, have positioned her as one of our organization's most versatile team members.

 

Her diverse professional background, including experience in sales and tourism, hotel management, and office administration, reflects her wide-ranging skills and adaptability.

 

Marine's passion for marine life and her commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences make her an invaluable asset to the Orca Norway crew.

Her hunger of wildlife pushes her to travel around the world, seeking the wildest places to meet cetaceans, orangutans, elephants, ... such as New Zealand, Tanzania, Indonesia, ...

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